How to draw roses

How to draw a rose in 13 steps:


In this easy and fun tutorial, you will learn how to draw a rose. You will be able to draw a beautiful realistic rose flower that is either blooming or closed and incorporate it in creative ways in your fashion design sketches. Be bold and use it as a colorful background, part of the clothes design or something your model is holding to create a certain mood in your sketch. Enjoy!

Time, Tools and Difficulty:

Time to complete the tutorial: 10 min
Tools you’ll need: drawing paper, a pencil, markers, a white gel pen, and an eraser
Difficulty level: 6/10

Step 1: Guidelines

Start by marking the dimensions of the roses. In this tutorial, we will learn how to draw two types of roses – closed and opened one. For the blooming rose draw two concentric circles. The inner-circle marks the rose center and shouldn’t be too big or too small. For the rose with closed petals, we need just one circle guideline.

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Step 2: Actual shape

Now let’s refine the shape of the rosebud. The new shape is based on the first circle but is smaller at the top. Don’t worry if it doesn’t look symmetrical at this stage.

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Step 3: Rose inside

Draw random swirls and shapes that will stand for the petals that are nor opened yet. A few are enough.

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Step 4: The  first petal

This one is important. Start from where the gathered petals ended and draw an “S” line to the rosebud bottom. Repeat the shape at its upper part as if the petal was twisted.

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Step 5: Second petal

Do the same thing as in Step 4, but let it end around the middle of the first petal.

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Step 6: Finish the closed rose

This is where drawing a closed rose ends. The next steps are only to add sepals, stem and of course thorns.

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Step 7: Transition petal

This is the petal that you should pay the most attention to. Notice how it goes at an angle and covers part of the bud. Also notice that it ends after the “S” shape. It is essential to overlap the “S”!

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Step 8:  Let it start!

Start by drawing 2 slightly larger petals opposite to each other. The shapes are irregular – not too perfectly rounded nor edgy. Notice that one of the rose petals is twisted again – this will add to the realism of the drawing.

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Step 9: The rose dance

Remember that each petals level is slightly larger than the previous one and that the petals are overlapping each other.

Step 9 - Draw rose petals on the outside

Step 10: Finish the rose drawing

Continue adding overlapping levels of petals until you reach the guideline from Step 1. Notice that come of the petals are twisted and that some have a small triangular cutout at the edge.

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Step 11: Draw the rose leaves

The leaves of roses have a quite common shape and shouldn’t be a problem for you to draw them.

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Step 12: Coloring and shading

Roses come in all colors – white, yellow, pink, red and even black. In this tutorial, we will shade a classic red dress but feel free to play with colors and test different outcomes. After you lay down the base flat color the one thins you should remember for the proper coloring is: always put a shadow under the petal. Just make sure the shadows are not from end-to-end since this may look boring.

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Step 13: Highlights

In the last step, we can add some highlights is a lighter color only where the petals are twisted. To add the white sparkles and dots you can use a white gel pen

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I hope you had fun with this “How to draw Roses” step by step tutorial! If you feel like you want to showcase what you have learned to keep an eye on the FASHION DESIGN CONTESTS page. Very soon there will be a new contest that will challenge you to get creative with roses!

4 Comments

  1. Thank you, Ms. Teya, this is a great tutorial! I will be looking forward to the next contest.

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